Re: [Oops] i386 mm/slab.c (cache_flusharray)

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Dec 04 2003 - 14:11:09 EST

On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > ---
> > kernel BUG at include/linux/mm.h:267!
> YEAH! That's "put_page_testzero()", and either the BUG_ON() or the
> atomic_dec_and_test() noticing bad things.

Oh, damn. Looking closer, it appears that it's actually XFS being a bit
too intimate with slab knowledge: the code does

if (pb->pb_pages) {
/* release the pages in the address list */
if (pb->pb_pages[0] &&
PageSlab(pb->pb_pages[0])) {
* This came from the slab
* allocator free it as such
} else {

and that code gets really confused by the fact that I'm bypassing the slab
logic (and thus the PageSlab flag never gets set).

So the oops it found was apparently triggered by the debugging changes,
not necessarily by a real bug.

Ugh, that XFS code is _broken_. Instead of keeping track of how it got the
memory, it totally forgets where the memory came from, and then it later
asks "oh, btw, how the hell did I allocate this?".

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